ODM Communications Director Phillip Etale has today revealed the true intent of Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya during his numerous meetings with Deputy President William Ruto. The recent meetings between the ODM Deputy party leader and the DP sparked rumuors of his possible defection, prompting the Orange party to set the record straight about the county head’s political position.
Etale has claimed that Oparanya’s covert mission was to read the moves of their opponent and not to betray the party leader Raila Odinga as earlier perceived. DP Ruto, in a past interview with Citizen TV, confirmed that he has numerously met with Oparanya to discuss a possible political coalition.
“I have not had a discussion to have an alliance with Raila Odinga. I have met Oparanya to discuss politics 5 times. At no time did we discuss about him being sent by Raila,” Ruto said.
Etale has however shot down Ruto’s claims and called on ODM supporters not to read any mischief from the said meetings.
Etale’s statement read;
First, I want to categorically state that the ODM Deputy Party Leader H.E. Hon. Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya, the governor of Kakamega County is a loyal member of the party and an ardent supporter of his boss, Party Leader H.E. Hon. Raila Amolo Odinga.
Secondly, may I state here that, yes it is true Hon. Oparanya has held a few meetings with the Deputy President H.E. Hon. William Samoei Ruto, be it in Nairobi or elsewhere. And as the great Mahatma Gandhi once said “Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love”, in all instances, Hon. Oparanya has been briefing our ODM party Leadership including the Party Leader on every detail of his discussion with Hon. Ruto.
Hon. Oparanya has not been on any mission of BETRAYAL as some people may want it to look. Sometimes in politics, it is good to learn what your opponent is plotting and be able to get the best defense to counter them.
Our ODM members and supporters should therefore not read any mischief in the said meetings that our DPL has held with the DP.